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Adam Pearson confirms how Hull FC will replace Tex Hoy and Nu Brown

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The fallout continued after Hull FC sacked Tony Smith and released overseas players Nu Brown and Tex Hoy and that’s seen chairman Adam Pearson outline the club’s immediate recruitment plans.

It’s been a torrid season so far for Hull FC and that saw the decision to cut ties with Tony Smith finally made on Thursday, the Australian leaving after just 18 months in charge.

Those 18 months saw just 12 wins in 37 games and the recent manner of defeats is what led to the inevitable sack but what was unexpected was the release of both Tex Hoy and Nu Brown.

There had been rumours that Hoy could be on the way out but international hooker Brown’s release did cause ripples with the club confirming the pair’s exit on Friday.

Whilst it’s a major blow to lose two talented players, in spite of what their current form may be, it also means there is a huge chunk of cap space for Hull FC to spend and more importantly two quota spots to recruit from overseas.

In Adam Pearson’s interview live on BBC Radio Humberside he revealed how the club are set to go about replacing the duo.

Pearson explained: “The fact that we’ve got that cap now just means that for Tex and for Nu, we just have to find a back row or a seven and possibly a centre to come in.

“It’s not going to be very easy. So we’re recruiting on two strands. He’s looking obviously at top-line sevens for next season and we’re looking at people who are available in the NRL market to come in now and improve the team at seven alongside Jake coming back in.”

Another key reason for Hull FC’s poor form has been their terrible injury and disciplinary records but a host of players are set to return which was highlighted as a note of optimism in what appears a bleak transfer market.

The FC chairman continued: “We’ve also got Jack Walker to come back at fullback, Danny Houghton too, but we’ll certainly be looking for a bit of support at nine as well.

“Shopping in the NRL market at this particular time is not easy and the UK market is even more difficult but we’re relatively confident that within the next couple of weeks, we’ll start to see one or two signings for the team, hopefully in time for Leeds.”

How have Hull FC been spending their cap?

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Another major revelation from Pearson was regarding how Hull FC have been spending their cap, something that he had openly accepted wasn’t necessarily well invested.

To that note, he also added context with some of the club’s highest-paid players having been sidelined for the majority of the past two years.

Pearson explained: “To have your marquee player sat on the sidelines for two years straight after signing him has been a significant blow. As has been losing Carlos Tuimavave as well, there’s 25% of our cap in injuries of key players.

“We haven’t helped ourselves through our discipline. We haven’t been helped once or twice by the disciplinary panel. I thought it was extremely harsh in one or two instances, but our discipline’s not been good enough. Obviously our defence has not been good enough and eventually I’ve had to take action.

“Bringing a seven in and pairing in with Jake Truman will undoubtedly help the team and I think everybody understands that.”

Hull FC’s ideal signing revealed

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The incredible revelation that Hull FC have been paying both Jake Trueman and Carlos Tuimavave 25% of their cap, something that Pearson asserted was £2.35 million, is truly shocking.

By those numbers, it would mean the duo are in receipt of other £500,000 a year, something that has meant the club haven’t brought in any overseas marquee players as Pearson revealed.

He said: “We’ve pulled off marquees in COVID and on the back of Josh Reynolds but you can still be smart and compete without marquees. They’re not the be-all and end-all, but if you get them right, they can make an impact on the team.

“If we could get the deal sorted out that I’m looking to do between now and the end of the season, you would expect to see marquee players again at Hull, aligned to what we think is a burgeoning talent pool coming through from the academy, aligned to some more workmanlike, journeyman type Super Leagues to bolster the academy players and the marquee players. That would be the ideal model.”

Any deals will be dependant on the appointment of a Director of Rugby, something that could happen by Tuesday per Pearson.

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